THE PYNNERS, LATONERS, PAYNTOURS
Crux, Jesus extensus in ea super terram; iiii Judei flagel-
lantes et trahentes eum cure funibus, et postea exaltantes
crucem et corpus Jesu cruci conclavatum super montem
¶Sir KNIGHTs, take heed hither on high.
This deed untroubled we may not draw;
Ye wot yourselves as well as I
How lords and leaders of our law
Have given doom that this dolt shall die.
¶Sir, all their counsel well we know.
Since we are come to Calvary,
Let each man help as he did owe.
¶We are all ready, lo,
That order to fulfil.
¶Let's hear how we shall do,
And go to it with a will.
¶It may not help here to hang on,
If we will any worship win.
¶He must be dead -- needs must -- by noon.
¶Then is good time that we begin.
¶Let's ding him down; then is he done;
He shall not daunt us with his kin.
¶He shall be set and taught full soon,
With grief to him and all his kin.
¶The foulest death of all
Shall he die for his deeds.
¶That means, cross him we shall.
¶Behold, how right he redes.
¶Then to this work we must take heed,
So that our working be not long.